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EXCERPTS of USD #384 Regular Board of Education Meeting

 A Regular Board of Education meeting for USD #384 Blue Valley was held on December 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Members present were Mitch Innes, Stephen Corkill, Reo Shultz, Tim Innes, Jason Hartman, Ginger Blaske, and Amy Cassel. Administration present was John Cox, Superintendent and Melody Pfaff, Board Clerk.

 CALL TO ORDER:  President, Mitch Innes called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

 APPROVE THE AGENDA:  The Board approved the Agenda as presented. 

 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:  Board and guests recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

 WELCOME GUESTS:  President, Mitch Innes welcomed our guests.

 POSITIVE BOARD COMMENTS:

1.     The elementary school concert went very well.

2.     Mr. Meals and Mrs. Shultz put together a very good presentation with MATC.

3.     The McCormick Elementary School night at the basketball games was well attended.

 SPECIAL REPORTS:  Tricia Reichert presented information on the World Food Prize Foundation.  The mission of the foundation is to elevate innovations and inspire action to substantially increase the quality and quantity of food for all.  Her class does a weeklong study to raise awareness.

RECOGNITIONS OF STUDENTS AND STAFF:  The following students were recognized as students of the month:

a.      McCormick Elementary School:  Brynlee Webster was recognized as the November student of the month.  She was unable to attend the November board meeting.

b.     McCormick Elementary School:  Dax Webster, Kindergarten

c.     Blue Valley Middle School:  Lydia Cobb, 8th Grade

d.     Blue Valley High School:  Ty Vogt, 12th Grade

Congratulations to these students for receiving this honor. 

PRINCIPAL REPORTS:

a.      McCormick Elementary School:  Matt Schreiber was in attendance to update the board on the happenings at McCormick Elementary.  It is a busy time but, also a very rewarding time to be in education.  There are so many individuals that make every day a successful day.

b.     Blue Valley Middle School/Blue Valley High School:  Marion Mazouch was unable to attend but a written report was presented.  Congratulations to the following students for their TVL awards:  Skyler Zoeller and Brock Burgman – 2ndTeam TVL Defense; Landon Schreiber – TVL Honorable Mention; Breeanna Young – 2nd Team TVL Volleyball. 

c.     CTE Report:  Greenhand Dairy Foods Contest Team placed 4th at the Abilene contest.  The art department continues to work on the vehicle wrap designs.  The Chilly Hilly Backroadz Half Marathon, 5K, and Fun Run was a success.  The senior class raised $800.  FCCLA is actively involved in helping with community meals.  The next Blue Valley Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, December 18.

SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: 

a.     ESSER III Update:  John Cox has been working on the grant application for the ESSER III funds.  It is a process to gather the information.  A survey will be going out to the community to see what they feel is the biggest need for the district.

b.      HVAC Upgrades:  The upgrades will continue to move forward once the applications for ESSER III and capital improvements is completed.

c.     Roepke Foundation:  The district was awarded $4,600 from the Roepke Foundation to be used for the baseball/softball scoreboard. 

OPEN FORUM:   Randi Dumler was in attendance to express her displeasure with the mask mandate.  The choice needs to be a personal one and not a district one.  Jenny Hoeltzel addressed the board on the OPAA! food service program.  Quality of food is a problem along with all the carbohydrates and sugars our students are being fed each day.  The district needs to re-evaluate the program and look into making a positive change for our students.

CONSENT AGENDA:  The Board approved the Consent Agenda as follows:

a.      Approved Minutes:  November 8, 2021 Regular Board of Education Meeting; November 13, 2021 Special Board of Education Meeting.

b.     Approved Receipts

c.     Accepted the Roepke Foundation Donation in the amount of $4,600.

d.     Resignations-None

e.     Approve Hirings:  Haley Wright, Art Apprentice; Herb Loveless, Head Baseball Coach and Chris Schmitz, Assistant Baseball Coach.

Motion carried 7-0.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Remote Learning Waiver:  The Board approved the new December 8, 2021 Remote Learning Waiver.  

Mask Requirement:  No action was taken therefore the mask mandate will expire.  The Board approved to update the Pandemic Plan.  The Pandemic Plan was updated and posted on the website.

NEW BUSINESS:

Approve Warrants/Transfers:  The Board approved the warrants/transfers as presented. 

The board took a five-minute break at 7:24 p.m.

Meeting reconvened at 7:29 p.m.

Personnel:  The Board held an executive session for to discuss personnel.  The purpose of the executive session is to protect the privacy interests of an identifiable individual. 

Meeting reconvened and it was noted that no action was taken during the executive session.

KASB Board Policy Updates:  The board will review the updates and this item will be placed on the January board agenda.

Technology Proposals:  The Board approved the following proposals:  Purchase of promethean boards in the amount of $15,208.74 and purchase of MacBook Airs in the amount of $10,341.00. 

Future Agenda Items:

a.     Board Policy Updates

b.     Principal Evaluations

c.     OPAA!

Adjournment:  Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Melody Pfaff

Board Clerk